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Vets, pols stick it to Kerry: Iraq remarks draw ire
Boston Herald ^ | Oct. 31 2006 | Joe Dwinell

Posted on 10/31/2006 1:52:37 PM PST by Rennes Templar

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s “botched joke” about students needing to study hard or risk becoming “stuck in Iraq” has ignited a political firestorm over the war exactly a week from the election.

Kerry lashed out at the White House at a press conference in Seattle this afternoon for attacking him for his comments. The White House, however, called on Kerry to apologize for troop-bashing. A defiant Kerry refused.

“Let me make it crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know how,” Kerry said. “I apologize to no one for my criticism of the President and his broken policy. If anyone owes our troops in the fields an apology, it is the president and his failed team.”

Kerry then admitted “my statement yesterday, and the White House knows this full well, was a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops.”

Yesterday, at a rally for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, Kerry told a cheering Pasadena City College audience: “Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard and do your homework and you make an effort to be smart you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Video snippets of the speech have popped up on www.youtube.com, prompting irate calls by mothers of U.S. soldiers to Boston radio talk stations.

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) issued a statement today calling on fellow Vietnam veteran Kerry to say he’s sorry.

“Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education,” McCain said in a statement posted on drudgereport.com.

And the White House also called on Kerry to apologize.

“Senator Kerry not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who’ve given their lives in this,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said. “This is an absolute insult.”

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, fired back, saying the president and his administration are the ones who owe U.S. troops an apology because they “misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it.”

“This is the classic GOP playbook,” Kerry said in the harshly worded statement. “I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hanoikerry; johnkerry; kerry; kerrydumbiraqgaffe; kerryisanabortion; kkkerry; lurch; pervertedsickjokepos; swiftvets; traitorkerry; unfit
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1 posted on 10/31/2006 1:52:38 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
It's nice to see his '08 campaign fail so early.
:)
2 posted on 10/31/2006 1:54:04 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Rennes Templar

I have been laffin' my butt off ALL afternoon! This man is a GIFT to the GOP! He is also proof positive that money NEVER buys class or a BRAIN!


3 posted on 10/31/2006 1:54:38 PM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Rennes Templar
YEP!
4 posted on 10/31/2006 1:54:56 PM PST by OSHA (I am become OSHA, destroyer of beers.)
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To: Rennes Templar

This Kerry non-joke is worth at least 2-3% in the polls...


5 posted on 10/31/2006 1:55:06 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Rennes Templar

Watch here what Kerry said. Pretty clear the Democrat Machine is simply lying to try and cover for Kerry.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1729197/posts?page=1


6 posted on 10/31/2006 1:55:43 PM PST by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party: Hard on Taxpayers, Soft on Terrorism!)
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To: Rennes Templar

7 posted on 10/31/2006 1:55:49 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Rennes Templar
Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, fired back, saying the president and his administration are the ones who owe U.S. troops an apology because they “misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it.”

A war which you advocated, Senator, voted for, and then backed out of as soon as the opportunity presented itself.

History of your life, isn't it?

8 posted on 10/31/2006 1:56:10 PM PST by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: kinoxi

He's hurting the 06 campaign for the Dems right now.

I'm deeply saddened! NOT!!


9 posted on 10/31/2006 1:56:12 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: kinoxi

And take down some mid-term Dims with him!


10 posted on 10/31/2006 1:56:17 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Rennes Templar

What kind of dim witted clowns keep re electing this scum?

Meadow Muffin


11 posted on 10/31/2006 1:56:30 PM PST by rwgal
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To: Rennes Templar

"“my statement yesterday, and the White House knows this full well, was a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops.”"

Uh, no. It was about education and the troops.


12 posted on 10/31/2006 1:56:49 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Rennes Templar

LOL Thanks for the October surprise, Johnny. We GOPers appreciate it very much!


13 posted on 10/31/2006 1:56:49 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Rennes Templar
“I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium.”

Somebody's 'goose' feathers are REALLY ruffled!

14 posted on 10/31/2006 1:57:07 PM PST by seabreezelover
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To: Rennes Templar

How does Rove do it?


15 posted on 10/31/2006 1:57:07 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: dead

Dead...you post some of the best and funniest stuff, I swear!!!!!

THAT is a riot!


16 posted on 10/31/2006 1:57:26 PM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: Rennes Templar

It's like he strapped on a belt of C-4... and bolted straight into DNC headquarters!


17 posted on 10/31/2006 1:58:09 PM PST by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: DarthVader

That's why we have to give money to the Kerry campaign! hehe


18 posted on 10/31/2006 1:58:24 PM PST by Texas_shutterbug
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To: Rennes Templar
Let's get this straight: John Kerry is saying that he should not apologize for the vicious comment he made, because even though we have him dead to rights on video, he claims he never made the comment.

He is out of his mind.

19 posted on 10/31/2006 1:58:36 PM PST by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Rennes Templar

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran

...we know, WE KNOW, GOOD LORD...WE KNOW!!!


20 posted on 10/31/2006 2:00:19 PM PST by albie
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To: Rennes Templar
"Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran"

Kerry is a Vietnam Vet? Who knew!

21 posted on 10/31/2006 2:00:34 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("We will slaughter anyone who calls Islam violent!")
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To: johnny7

"It's like he strapped on a belt of C-4... and bolted straight into DNC headquarters!"

ROTFLMAO!! Some Freeper on here has this tagline.

John Kerry = the reusable political suicide bomber!


22 posted on 10/31/2006 2:01:00 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: Rennes Templar

My son is going into the Air Force after high school in '07. He tested the highest in the Indianapolis area on the DLAB in known recent history. He'll be an airborne linguist, taught any language the AF needs for him to learn to help find the terrorists creeps. Kerry knows to speak French and probably VietNamese. My son has more regard for his country and more pride in the military than JFK will ever imagine.


23 posted on 10/31/2006 2:01:14 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The default mode of the heart is set for drift.)
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To: wideawake
Yes, he IS out of his mind..and he should resign NOW!

sw

24 posted on 10/31/2006 2:01:25 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Rennes Templar

Well, the headline writers were certainly enjoying themselves.


25 posted on 10/31/2006 2:02:12 PM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: Rennes Templar
I apologize to no one

....and he means it.

26 posted on 10/31/2006 2:02:16 PM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: wideawake

If he's smart (and there's no sign of it) he'll apologize quickly. Like Senator Durbin the turbin the longer this draws out the more it puts the Defeatocrats lack of vision on the War on display.

Let's hope he does nothing for several days. Let the heat build.


27 posted on 10/31/2006 2:02:21 PM PST by kjo
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To: Rennes Templar
Kerry is a sorry POS.

I went to college before I joined the Army. I joined the Army to pay off my college loans, which they did.

John Kerry --- Resign.

28 posted on 10/31/2006 2:02:55 PM PST by GulfWar1Vet (John Kerry...resign from the Senate. You are a disgrace. Resign.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

May the good lord be with your son always!


29 posted on 10/31/2006 2:03:00 PM PST by albie
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To: Rennes Templar
I do not know how such an uncouth lout with a fetish for sticking is sliver-coated, lead foot in his mouth ever came close to becoming president of the United States. As a member of the citizen-soldiery and a college graduate doing postgraduate studies who has been to Iraq twice I have a comment for Senator Kerry:

NUTS.
30 posted on 10/31/2006 2:03:21 PM PST by Liaison
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To: Rennes Templar
Botched joke my ass. Kerry is a liar. He's hated our military for years. He is a traitor who should have been hanged. IMO


31 posted on 10/31/2006 2:03:55 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: johnny7

High level meetings ongoing now at Dim think tanks as to how to spin out of this one.

I feel so good now, I am going trick-or-treating with my daughter, even though it is going to be 2 degrees in Montana tonight!


32 posted on 10/31/2006 2:04:44 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: spectre

Kerry said in his statement. that he was sick and tired..
I called his office in Boston, and said I agreed with that part of his non apology statement.. that he was in deed "sick and tired" and he should resign..


33 posted on 10/31/2006 2:04:48 PM PST by JoanneSD
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To: kjo

"If he's smart (and there's no sign of it) he'll apologize quickly. Like Senator Durbin the turbin the longer this draws out the more it puts the Defeatocrats lack of vision on the War on display."


...He'll apologize for people taking it out of context. He would never give a blanket apology.


34 posted on 10/31/2006 2:05:06 PM PST by albie
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To: wideawake

"“my statement yesterday, and the White House knows this full well, was a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops.”"

It was directly about the "troops". And Kerry is himself a botched joke.


35 posted on 10/31/2006 2:05:59 PM PST by Shermy
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To: InvisibleChurch
Your son sounds like a terrific young man. Good luck to him in his training.
36 posted on 10/31/2006 2:06:54 PM PST by Talking_Mouse (wahhabi delenda est)
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To: Talking_Mouse

You're right. He's a great kid. He says after 18 years of living at home that the 10 day survival training will be a piece of cake.


37 posted on 10/31/2006 2:08:50 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The default mode of the heart is set for drift.)
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To: Rennes Templar
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s “botched joke

Nah the MSM is NOT ALREADY taking his side are they?

Can't be!

38 posted on 10/31/2006 2:09:53 PM PST by PISANO
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“This is the classic GOP playbook,” Kerry said

And we say to sKerry, this is classic liberal avoid blame/slam the truth tactic perfected under the Clintoons and used by liberals ever since.

39 posted on 10/31/2006 2:10:32 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: dead

Launching ROFLcopters.


40 posted on 10/31/2006 2:12:10 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: InvisibleChurch

LOLOL You serve worse than worms for dinner at home ?


41 posted on 10/31/2006 2:13:42 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Cobra64

kerry is beyond despicable. The lying ba$tard is not fit to share Oxygen with real Vietnam Veterans.


42 posted on 10/31/2006 2:14:37 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..POW input)
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To: dead

LOL, that's great!


43 posted on 10/31/2006 2:14:55 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Rennes Templar

He stills owes an apology to the VN vets he LIED about.


44 posted on 10/31/2006 2:15:09 PM PST by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: Rennes Templar
"Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran..."

This is so sickening. How many times do we need to be reminded. I, too, am a decorated veteran and would wager that there are thousands more who are freepers, like Jim Robinson. As for me, I figured it just came with the job and it certainly does not entitle me to any kind of special privilege.

That pompous ass gives veterans a bad name.
45 posted on 10/31/2006 2:15:44 PM PST by billhilly
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To: cinives

I, dad, am a lousy cook.


46 posted on 10/31/2006 2:15:48 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The default mode of the heart is set for drift.)
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To: dead

That's not just funny, it's genius.


47 posted on 10/31/2006 2:17:45 PM PST by P.O.E.
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To: 13Sisters76

He is such a pompous buffoon. THANK you Senator John Kerry (D-Gigolo)


48 posted on 10/31/2006 2:23:11 PM PST by PghBaldy (Depose Pelosi! What Did She Know and When Did She Know It?)
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To: Rennes Templar

49 posted on 10/31/2006 2:23:40 PM PST by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Shermy
"“my statement yesterday, and the White House knows this full well, was a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops.”"

It's bush's fault.

50 posted on 10/31/2006 2:23:40 PM PST by JPJones
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